Kym Gosling, the UNISON Branch Secretary invited Dave Prentis, General Secretary, UNISON to join the Branch Officers at their Branch Committee Meeting on Thursday 29 Ocotber 2015.
The Branch Secretary asked Dave for a statement on his thoughts regarding the closure of seven Regional Offices at The Open University, Dave Prentis confirmed the following:-
Closing these centres and losing these valuable staff would be disastrous for the Open University
Our members provide invaluable support for students: making sure the university can meet the access needs of disabled students; supplying course materials and assigning tutorial groups; organising exams; offering advice and managing degree ceremonies - everything that makes the OU the unique learning environment that it is.
We value our members doing these vital jobs, and we would like to think the university does too.
We will support our members and their branch. And if that means balloting them for strike action, we will do that.
But we urge the university to work with us to find a better solution - not just for our members and other OU staff, but for the students and for the university itself.